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Reports out over the last couple of days suggest that government spending on free nursery places for 3 year olds since 1998 has not produced any valuable educational or economic outcome. The policy was introduced as part of a series of reforms introduced by Tony Blair when he came to power in 1997. The Blair Government saw it as a method of reducing the differentials between educational attainment of poorer and wealthier sections of society and promoting a speedier return to work for some mothers.
Researchers studying the impact of the policy during the 2002 to 2007 time period, where spending on the policy amounted to more than £7bn found that the education received at age 3 had some impact on attainment at age 5 but any improvements were lost by age 11. The research suggested that the policy had only a minor impact on enabling more women to return to work earlier. Also, there is evidence that 5 out of 6 users of the free place would have gone to a paid-for equivalent at age 3 anyway.
So, does this offer us a good example of government failure in economic and social policy?read more...»
I am sure many economics teaching colleagues will be fascinated to read this blog from John Tomsett at Huntingdon School in York on how he has approached his microeconomics teaching in the first six weeks of the new term. For me, John's blog is an essential read and he is also prolific, perceptive and entertaining in equal measure via his twitter account @johntomsett
Two hundred and fifty students at University College London (UCL) start learning economics in a new way today, Wednesday 1 October.read more...»
You may have seen my post giving you an example of introducing the concept of diseconomies of scale on Sunday where you ask a large team of students to draw an image of Steve Jobs. This next one is nothing like that!
Instead, here's another example of a future-proofed activity that uses a bit of number work to make its point. I'm not saying that you'll get a question like this in the new specification (but who knows?) but this does illustrate the concept of economies of scale using numbers.read more...»
Here is a great enrichment opportunity for Y13 Economists, especially those looking to take the subject to university or considering a career in Finance. In association with our good friend Stuart Block from "Beyond the Bike", we are launching an interactive day for students including:
- 2 lectures from eminent economists Tim Harford (author of the Undercover Economist series) & Mike Saunders (Chief UK & European Economist at Citi)
- A trading game with Citi professionals, working with & against student for more than 10 different schools
- A tour of the Citibank trading floor & office with recent Citi graduates
Places for this event on the 13th of November are limited to 6 students per school with a maximum of 12 schools. Please contact Geoff Riley (email@example.com) to register your interest.
Continuing our theme of sharing engaging activities, here's a fun teaching resource that lasts between 15 and 20 minutes called 'Face It' - a resource that has been extremely popular when we've used it during our teacher CPD events. On the grounds that it may still be too early to test understanding of a particular topic, this version asks 10 questions about topical economics news stories to see how closely your students have been following the news!
'Face It' is a multiple choice quiz with a typical tutor2u twist! Students are shown the questions at the start of the quiz (but not the possible answers) and asked to work out which questions they feel most confident in answering. Then the fun really starts!read more...»
Here's an engaging 5 to 10 minute activity for your next AS (Year 1) Economics class. The 'Eliminator' quiz does not cover any specific topic but acts as a way of finding out what your students may already know or to stimulate discussion.read more...»
Economics teachers from schools and colleges throughout the UK are cordially invited to a one-day event at Eton College on Monday 17th November.
Wow! Economics is back for the 2014-2015 academic year with 40 brand new resources. If you've not been to a previous version of this Economics Teacher CPD event then come along and enjoy a fantastic day of engaging resources aimed at inspiring students and improving their potential grades. If you've been before then don't miss out on a whole new set of activities to add to your catalogue. We guarantee that you'll have colleagues looking over at your desk and wondering where they can get something similar to spice up their teaching.
To find out about what we've got in store, read on....read more...»
In the Balance is a weekly programme on the changing dynamics of the global economy broadcast by the BBC World Service. Have a check through their episode listings, there is much here for students looking for extension and enrichment listening and for teachers passionate about their subject, not least in the fields of growth and development economics. Here is the link to the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00m6dzl/episodes/...
Here is another ready-to-use edition of our thinking-skills resource Focus Circle which provides an engaging way to teach factor inputs.read more...»
Looking for a 15 - 20 minute activity to start your first lesson with new AS level students over the next week or so? We've got a nice introductory quiz for you!read more...»
I am delighted to speak at this new event to be held at Bedales School in Hampshire on Thursday 9th October. More details of the event can be found by clicking this link: http://www.bedales.org.uk/home/events/leading-inde...read more...»
The tutor2u briefing document on the new A Level Economics specifications (first teaching Sept 2015) is now available
If you have requested a printed copy, the tutor2u office will be sending this out later this week.
The briefing document aims to highlight the key changes for teaching colleagues and also compares and contrasts the different approaches adopted by the three main exam boards. I have also shared my views on the relative merits of the specifications that I hope will become just a small part of a vigorous and healthy debate among colleagues in the coming weeks and months!
The tutor2u team is preparing a series of new teaching & learning resources to support the extended use of quantitative methods in all the new specifications. This course is running in December to give colleagues plenty of time to integrate these resources and approaches into their planning for Sept 2015.
I am arranging a one day discussion forum and seminar on economics teaching at Eton College, Windsor on Monday 17th November
The main aim of the day is to have an open discussion on teaching and learning strategies whilst sharing good ideas and resources and building networks between economics teachers from many different schools and collegesread more...»
When students first ask what economics is all about, I always find it tricky not to give a very long answer. It’s the same when starting to plan those induction lessons in economics: what will help them to understand the base principles of the subject but also develop an awareness of the economist’s mindset? At IB, the Foundations of Economics section of the syllabus sets out what to cover quite nicely. I've shared a few useful resource links below.read more...»
At the August 2014 Lindau Meeting, several plenary lectures by Nobel laureates will illustrate some of the ways in which economics can be useful for dealing with real-world problems. Here are some summaries of the presentations.read more...»
From the final shortlist of 18 essays drawn from a total entry of over 1600, the judging panel of Charles Bean (RES President), Professor Tim Besley (London School of Economics) and Stephanie Flanders (JP Morgan) have selected five winners and wish to congratulate them, together with all of the other students that made the short list.read more...»
I hope that many economics teachers in the UK and beyond will be very interested in following the debates about reforming the undergraduate economics curriculum. This link http://www.res.org.uk/view/art3Jul14Features.html takes you to an entry in the latest RES newsletter which covers some of the changes made to the INET curriculum programme being led by Professor Wendy Carlin from UCL.read more...»
Below are links to a number of recent films about economic research and policy debates - our thanks to Romesh Vaitilingam for collating them.read more...»
Here is the download link for the latest version of my advice guide for students wanting to apply for an economics related degree at UK and overseas universities.read more...»
You will probably be aware that assessment in the new AS and A level in Economics (starting in September 2015) will have a much greater emphasis on numeracy and quantitative methods. 20% of marks will be awarded to answers based upon number work and interpretation of graphs, charts and tables.
Whatever your view on the merits of this change, there is no doubt that it brings one of the biggest challenges to teachers of economics since the year 2000. Tutor2u have put together a team of experienced teachers with different awarding body knowledge to create resources and give advice through a series of CPD events during the 2014-2015 academic year.
If you look through any of the specimen papers from the three main awarding bodies you won’t be surprised to see a huge emphasis on calculation of percentages, use of index numbers and the need to understanding fractions and ratios. You can already imagine the increased use of elasticity calculations and having to work out costs and revenues.
Did you know however (depending on your exam board choice) that your students may have to calculate opportunity cost ratios for comparative advantage, dependency ratios, quantity theory of money, terms of trade index, national income multiplier and marginal propensity to consume? Imagine a marginal social cost/benefit diagram with figures included! Have you ever asked students to convert money in real terms? How do you think they will cope with medians and quartiles?
Our team are working on resources and advice to hand out to teachers for our ‘New to A level Economics – Quantitative Methods’ CPD days. Details about times, dates and locations to follow soon.
There has been huge debate in recent months about possible reforms to the university core curriculum in economics. I myself spoke at a conference about this organised by Diane Coyle and held at the Bank of England in the spring of 2012. The book arising from that conference is available here from London Publishing Partnership: http://londonpublishingpartnership.co.uk/whats-the...
In this new video from the Royal Economic Society, Professor Wendy Carlin from UCL London describes Institute of New Economic Thinking CORE project (Curriculum in Open-access Resources in Economics) project, which aims to make the study of economics in universities more relevant to modern day economic issues. The video also features Tim Harford, the best-selling Undercover Economist!
You can explore more about the reformed curriculum by clicking this link: http://core-econ.orgread more...»
Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences and young economists were asked: "What are the challenges for the next generation?". Some of their answers have been compiled for this film produced by Econ Filmsread more...»
Here is the presentation that I gave to students at the RGS Guildford event yesterdayread more...»
Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences and young economists were asked: "What makes a good economist?". Some of their answers have been compiled for this excellent short film produced by Econ Filmsread more...»
Here are some suggestions for wider reading on aspects of behavioural economics. Many sixth form students like to explore behavioural economics once their main exams are done. Wouldn't it be great if behavioural insights and theories made it into the mainstream syllabus across different exam boards!read more...»
Entries for the 2014 RES competition need to be properly referenced in order to stand a chance of reaching the highly commended / final shortlist
Referencing your assignments is an important skill to learn as you move from GCSE through to AS/A2 and then onto higher education.
Here are some excellent short videos on referencing produced by the University of Worcester featuring Mike Webbread more...»
Several new books have found their way into my new reading list for the summer - here are the recommendationsread more...»
Here is the link to the latest newsletter from the Economics Network. The Economics Network is generously supported by the Royal Economic Society, the Scottish Economic Society and over 50 UK higher education economics departments. Click here: http://economicsnetwork.ac.uk/newsletter/economics...
A reminder of the details of the annual Royal Economic Society Essay Competition for 2014.read more...»
A wonderful Economics teaching vacancy here and an opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful places in the UK! Please mention you saw this vacancy on the Economics blog if you apply.read more...»
Tutor2u is delighted to provide details of the 2014 essay prize for students organised by the Marshall Economics Society at Cambridge University.read more...»
An exciting teaching opportunity at a leading sixth form college here. All the details below on how to join our good friends at Franklin College.read more...»
Many thanks to Mark Seccombe for letting us know about this terrific HOD Economics opportunity - well worth a look. Please mention that you saw this on the tutor2u Economics blog! All the details you need are below.read more...»
We’ve got a busy programme of CPD for Economics and Business Studies in the summer term and we’d be delighted if you and your colleagues were able to join us. Brief details below.read more...»
Being able to construct diagrams are an important part of a good student response to many Economics exams questions. These resources are aimed at testing students ability to remember some key aspects of some of the major diagrams.
Designed by the same team who contribute to our Wow Economics Teacher CPD event, these resources are aimed at giving teachers a quick (10 minute) resource in their revision class or for students looking to test their knowledge. This first set of resources are aimed at AS Micro Economic students.
1. Click here to download a Powerpoint file that displays the 10 diagrams in a scrolling show (with musical accompaniment) and then allows the teacher to go through the answers.
2. Click here to download a document that can be printed off for either students or teachers to test knowledge. The document contains the same 10 diagrams as the Powerpoint but allows anyone to answer the questions in their own time.
Note: A2 Micro and AS & A2 Macro versions of these resources will be posted to the t2u website over the next few days.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the superb team at Greenhead College, Huddersfield. The requirement is for a permanent 0.5 Economics teaching position starting in September 2014. Full details can be found here http://www.tes.co.uk/job/teacher-of-a-as-level-economics-221483/ and on the college website www.greenhead.ac.uk with the closing date for applications noon on 28 April 2014.
You would find a warm and friendly supportive team to share resources and work with, many of whom work with tutor2u in delivering their successful courses. This is a grade 1 department who intend to be the best in the UK for many years to come.
Here are the details - Board specifications to appear in the summer I suppose!read more...»
We're delighted that Ruth Tarrant and Paul Bridges are once again running two resource-packed CPD days that always prove popular with the growing number of teaching colleagues who are new to teaching Economics!
We are running two separate training days in London - one each for AS Economics (10 June 2014) and A2 Economics (17 June 2014).
By attending one or both of these courses, colleagues will:
- Develop a deep understanding of the Assessment Objectives for AS / A2
- Build confidence in knowing ahead of time what the common student pitfalls and errors tend to be
- Obtain teaching & learning resources that will help them to get started on their delivery of the course
- Develop knowledge of the key micro and macro topic areas for each of AS/A2
- Join a support network of "people in the same boat"
Each of the two courses is ideal for:
- Newly-qualified teachers about to start teaching economics
- Experienced teachers of other subjects who will be teaching economics for the first time
- Relatively new i.e. less than a year, teachers of economics
- Teachers who maybe haven't taught economics for a long time!
A number of students have been asking me about suggested reading for and introductions to the study of management as they look ahead to a UCAS application in the autumn. Here are some thoughts.read more...»
Many thanks to the team at Wallington County Grammar School for alerting us to an Economics & Business teaching opportunity which I'm sure will be of interest to many of our blog readers. All the details below - please mention that you saw the vacancy on tutor2u!read more...»
Many thanks to the Econ Dept at St Paul's School London for alerting us to yet another superb economics teaching vacancy. This really is a top department for any economics teacher to develop his/her career - highly recommended. Please mention that you saw this opportunity on the tutor2u Economics blog! Please note the closing date for applications - 26 March.read more...»
Here's yet another teaching vacancy for Economics & Business Studies, this time with our friends at Rishworth School Halifax in glorious West Yorkshire! Lots of information below. Please don't forget to mention that you saw this vacancy on the tutor2u Economics blog.read more...»
The tutor2u team have just returned from their tour of Dubai and Singapore, delivering some of our teacher CPD events including Wow Economics. If you’ve still not been to a Wow Economics event, you are missing out on 50 teacher-created resources designed to engage Economics students in the classroom (places are still available on our future events in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Belfast).
The teachers in Dubai and Singapore proved to be just as passionate as their UK counterparts, trying out some of the activities and building networks to share resources in the future. As part of the events we recorded some of their favourite online places for tapping in to resources that help them deliver economics in the classroom.
Read on to see the top 10 resources as compiled by our Dubai and Singapore colleagues.read more...»
Many thanks our friends in the Economics department at St Paul's Girls' School for alerting us to an excellent opportunity to join an expanding and highly-regarded team. Knowing this department as we do, it is a fantastic opportunity for the right applicant to teach really inspiring students in a wonderful school. All the details below. Please mention, if you apply, that you saw this vacancy on tutor2u.read more...»
Many thanks to the team at Connell Sixth Form College in East Manchester for alerting us to this teaching opportunity. All the details below - applications by the end of this week:read more...»
Here is a short article written by Agatha-Christie Onwuzuruike - a student on the Eton Summer School who has won a coveted place to read for PPE at Oxford.
The centenary of the beginning of the First World War is fast approaching. Not only is it a time to remember those that lost their lives in the greatest sacrifice; it offers economists young and old a lesson in behavioural economicsread more...»
On Wednesday 19th March 2014, the Eton College Keynes and Political Societies are joining forces for a panel debate titled: 'The Future of the British Economy.' In front of 600 students and teachers, Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Conservative Party), David Blunkett MP (Labour Party), Natalie Bennett (Leader of Green Party), Lord Bilimoria (Chairman of Cobra Beer) and Jonathan Portes (Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research) will debate the prevailing issues concerned with the British Economy and what lies ahead in the future. It will be an event of great collaboration, interactivity and engaged learning. It will start at 8.15pm, with a pre-meeting reception for visiting schools taking place from 7.15pm Everything will be wrapped up by 9.45pm. The event will be taking place at Eton's largest auditorium, School Hall.
One of the main aims of this event is to open Eton's doors to as many schools as possible. 30 schools attended our last panel event in November and we'd like to hit this target again. We would delighted for your school to bring a group of students and teachers interested in this issue to the event. Every school receives a personal treatment on the night and is allocated a boy to welcome them upon arrival, take them to the venue and help them throughout the evening.
We hope that you can join us for it.If you would like to bring a group of students, please could you email Anthony Beaumont on
Casey Orrin from the University of Warwick has kindly passed on to us details of their first ever Summer School for Economics.read more...»